Taiwanese Journal of Psychiatry

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 172--179

Psychological burden on cancer patients and their caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic in India


Raj Nagarkar1, Roshankumar Patil2, Kavita Gadade3, Nishtha Paleja4, Rasika Bhamre5, Yasam Venkata Ramesh6 
1 Department of Surgical Oncology, HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Psycho-Oncology, HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Medical Research, HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Medicine, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
6 Department of Academics, HCG Manavata Cancer Centre, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
M.S Raj Nagarkar
Nashik 422011, Maharashtra
India

Objective: Psychological burden is a serious issue facing by the cancer patients and their caregivers (CGs) around the world during the pandemic situations such as COVID-19. In the present study, we assessed the psychological burden on cancer patients and their CGs during this COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: The study was done using standardized questionnaire of the most validated scales - perceived stress scale and the caregiver strain index. Results: A total of 334 patients and 257 CGs participated in the present study. Majority of the patients experienced moderate to high level of stress (n = 239 [72%]), while CGs experienced a high level of strain (n = 132 [52%]). In the patient's cohort, stress was dependent significantly on education (p < 0.01), gender (p < 0.05), on active treatment (p < 0.001), and surgery (p < 0.05). Among CGs, strain was significantly affected by less education CGs (p < 0.001), patients more on active treatment (p < 0.01), and more primary gastrointestinal tumors (p < 0.01). From multivariate analysis of pandemic-specific factors, difficulty in transportation (p < 0.01) and increased financial burden (p < 0.05) were found to be significant influencing factors affecting the stress level of patients. Conclusion: To overcome the psychological burden due to lockdown, we suggest the initiation of psychosocial caring in all the necessary patients and their CGs to demonstrate its benefits in the long term.


How to cite this article:
Nagarkar R, Patil R, Gadade K, Paleja N, Bhamre R, Ramesh YV. Psychological burden on cancer patients and their caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic in India.Taiwan J Psychiatry 2021;35:172-179


How to cite this URL:
Nagarkar R, Patil R, Gadade K, Paleja N, Bhamre R, Ramesh YV. Psychological burden on cancer patients and their caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic in India. Taiwan J Psychiatry [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 21 ];35:172-179
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